Perfluoroalkyl-functionalized hyperbranched polyglycerol as pore forming agents and supramolecular hosts in polymer microspheres

Olaf Wagner, Maximilian Zieringer, Wynter J. Duncanson, David A. Weitz, Rainer Haag

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Perfluoroalkyl-functionalized, hyperbranched polyglycerols that produce stable microbubbles are integrated into a microfluidic emulsion to create porous microspheres. In a previously-presented work a dendrimer with a perfluorinated shell was used. By replacing this dendrimer core with a hyperbranched core and evaluating different core sizes and degrees of fluorinated shell functionalization, we optimized the process to a more convenient synthesis and higher porosities. The new hyperbranched polyglycerol porogens produced more pores and can be used to prepare microspheres with porosity up to 12% (v/v). The presented preparation forms pores with a perfluoroalkyl-functionalized surface that enables the resulting microspheres to act as supramolecular host systems. The microspheres can incorporate gases into the pores and actives in the polymer matrix, while the perfluoroalkylated pore surface can be used to immobilize perfluoro-tagged molecules onto the pores by fluorous-fluorous interaction.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)20183-20194
Number of pages12
JournalInternational journal of molecular sciences
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - Aug 26 2015


  • Fluorous
  • Functional
  • Host-guest system
  • Microbubbles
  • Microfluidics
  • Non-covalent
  • Polyglycerol
  • Porous
  • Supramolecular
  • Template

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Molecular Biology
  • Spectroscopy
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry

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